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in the area. thanks to his generosity kids will have gloves and hats in the winter. i thank him and we should all thank him. striking it rich from facebook tonight i applaud you and add mire and applaud you. as winston churchill said we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we get. raymond paynter understood that, too. i hope the facebook guys do, too. that's all for us tonight. anger boiling into the streets of chicago. this is the backdrop for world leaders as they meet with president obama. >> don on camera two. >> four more years. four more years. >> campaign 2012 heats up, but one obama supporter veers from the talking points. >> this kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. it's nauseating to the american public. >> we've got about 30 seconds.
>> first, a super moon. now, a solar eclipse. the amazing photos and what the universe has in store next. >> stand by. good evening, everyone. today we saw it, american police officers with night sticks and shields forcefully shut down a public demonstration. it happened in chicago. several people were hurt, a few dozen arrested, and the prediction of possible violence around the nato summit came true. protest marches early in the day were loud but uneventful, but then it happened. something or somebody made all hell break loose. watch. chicago police say the crowd was about 2,500 strong when the tension escalated. it happened not far from where president obama and more than 50 world leaders were juggling issues facing afghanistan and
nato. the city's top police officer blames a small group of trouble-makers. >> there was a group of what we commonly refer to as the black bloc folks who kind of rallied together, they put their masks on, and we had intelligence from the crowd that as soon the ceremony from the soldiers were over that they were going to charge the stage and try to break through and assault our cops. that's exactly what happened. they rallied. y that charged the cops, and they assaulted the officers. we responded. so far today we're up to 45 arrests today. >> and tonight has a live report from down there where the crowd was earlier. paul, you were right in the middle of all that have when it got violent. you were down there today. who did what to trying they are mess? >> reporter: don, when you're looking at that from the inside out, it's very difficult to determine if there was one flashpoint. as the superintendent said, he beloved that the black bloc
protesters were going to charge the stage. that's when it became clear that there were just way too many people in one small space. many of them trying to go in different directions. don't forget the organizers of the vets who had thrown their metals in symbolic disgust of the wars across the seas, they were walking west, and everything just broke loose at one point, so it's hard to say exactly why or what's going on. but i should note, as can you hear the sirens behind me, there are still groups walking through the streets of chicago right now. you can see below me there are police with their visors up and riot helmets on. every single one of them worried because this has gone on now for two nights, that the group of demonstrators will go into their area, try to cross the chicago river here or whatever it may be. now, back to today's protest. i pressed the superintendent of police, and i asked him if force was necessary and why did they use their batons.
can you explain why officers used their batons. >> absolutely, to overcome an assault, absolutely. >> reporter: you said you were concerned about the image that ultimately the batons did come out. it's not a pretty thing when the batons come out. >> no, but ultimately the officers were assaulted. they don't have to stand there and take an assault. >> reporter: and the chief also said that he had been verbally assaulted, not that that would trigger, you know, any sort of a skirmish, but i have to tell there you were clearly protesters who were pushing the officers first, and they have been enduring unimaginable taunts, don, repeated taunts, with guys getting in their face, swearing at them and calling them all sorts of names. so it has been terngs a, so whe they characterize it as the black bloc versus the police that's an accurate depiction because i didn't see anybody, for example, under the umbrella of an anti-war demonstrator waving a peace sign getting into the officer's face and then assaulting the officers.
>> paul, thanks so much for your reporting. while chicago police and demonstrators fought outside one word dominated the discussion inside, the summit, and it was in afghanistan. one key moment today, the president of france announced he would pull his 3,300 combat troops out of afghanistan by the end of this year. cnn's jessica yellin has more on that. >> reporter: before the summit even kicked off, i'll tell you afghanistan is dominating this meeting, and it's so important that before the summit began the president sat down with afghan president hamid karzai, and in public remarks karzai, the afghan president, thanked the u.s. taxpayers for everything the taxpayers have done for afghanistan. he said the afghans will no longer be a burden to the u.s. and assured the president that afghans will be ready to take over the combat lead when it's handed over. >> jessica yellin reporting in chicago today. also today nato leaders signed a deal to add five more unarmed
drones to the alliance. more than a dozen countries will pitch in to pay for them. another disco icons from the 1970s has died. robin gibb passed away today in england after a long fight with liver and colon cancer. gibb and his two brothers maurice and barry made up the bee gees selling over 200 million albums. they were disco albums with hits like "night fever," staying alive" and "how deep is newer love." he was 62. his death comes three days after the death of donna summer. more on his death later on in the show. the only man convict of the 1988 lockerbie bombing is dead, but sense 6 relief for the victims' families is met with anger. the death of 60-year-old abdelbaset al megrahi comes two and a half years after he was released from a scottish prison. at the time, doctors said he didn't have long to live because of prostate cancer, but al megrahi proved them wrong, and the welcome he received in libya only added to the anguish of
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campaign this month with close to $5 million in campaign debt. gingrich raised more than $23 million over the course of his white house run which officially ended on may 2nd. newark, new jersey mayor cory booker obviously didn't get the obama campaign memo when it comes to attacking mitt romney. he says issues luke bain capital and obama's former pastor are just mere distractions. here's my conversation with will cane and l. soonchlgts granderson. >> this kind of thick is nauseating on both sides. enough is enough. stop attacking private equity and stop attacking jeremiah wright this. stuff has got to stop because what it does it undermines to me what this country should be focused on. it's a distraction from the real issues. either going to be a small campaign about this crap or a big campaign in my opinion about the issues that american public cares about. >> first to l.z., first a democrat who says bain capital doesn't matter, and you say
amen. why? >> amen, brother. because he's absolutely right. i mean, these side conversations that are happening that are being spurred on by our super pacs and by pundits like will and i, those things simply don't matter. they are making the conversations dumped down and stupid, and he's absolutely correct. we need to stay focused on the important things and that's the economy. >> hey, will, is this an example, a gaffe or do you think, you know, he's speaking his mind and i don't know, will there be any repercussions from this? >> the politicians from new jersey have a tendency to speak their mind. i think cory booker has integrity. this isn't an endorsement of romney in any way. what it is is a reflection of reality. he understands the role of capitalism and private equity, and in the end that's the only place i disagree with cory booker this. isn't a small issue. this is a big issue. we're debating capitalism here. >> yeah. will, i think you're absolutely right. it is a big issue, but what is refreshing about cory booker is that he's not toeing the party
line and there's nothing more boring an mundane and unsaveable when the republicans can't do anything wrong and the democrats can't do anything wrong and they are infallible. nice to see somebody with integrity whether you agree with him or not. >> definitely. >> california's lieutenant governor definitely on message. >> there's nothing inherently wrong about that, not job creation. in order to maximize profit you've got to minimize cost. what's the biggest cost in a business, personnel? reducing jobs is the business of bain, not creating jobs. this is the proof point of the romney campaign, that he can create jobs, that he has a better record. he's 47th out of 50 states in job creation when he was chief executive in massachusetts. >> all right. so he is on message here, will, and i will say to you, i'm going to ask you first because you say it is a big issue. >> right. >> is criticizing bain going to resonate with voters, will? >> well, i -- i certainly hope not, done and take gavin newsome. his analysis isn't terrible. his conclusion is. if mitt romney was seeking
profit and that resulted in some job losses at steel businesses, well, that's the point of capitalism. it's not intended to give everyone a broomstick in their hand and have a job, but that being said, despite the fact that barnes & noble is out of business, as george will pointed out shortly later, barnes & noble is on its way out of business and tower records is on its way out of business, net new job creation every year. jobs are a by-product and not the purpose and capitalism has proven pretty good at this. >> okay. l.z., i'm going to move on if that's okay with you, i don't know if it's pertinent for to you respond. okay. >> sure. >> going to talk about joe biden. definitely knows his role, joe the populist. he was in rare form this week in the capital, in the rustbelt of youngstown, hoe home. i want you to take a listen. >> my mother and father dreamed as much as anyone rich guy dreams! >> absolutely. >> they don't get us! they don't get who we are! they don't understand, it seems to me.
again, they are not bad. they just don't get it! >> that's why -- listen, because of that, you either love joe biden or you hate him, but this resonates with a lot of people, l.z. >> yeah, you know what, it does. it's a very emotional moment as will cane would like to say. it's very emotional, but i think you need to do a little bit more than just get us fired up. we need tang iblgs. we need a plan. we don't need to feel fired up. we need to know where we're going once we get fired up, and once we get past this rah, rah stage and people start debating, these are the things that the american people will want to hear, plans. we already got the emotion. >> yeah. >> what we need now is direction what. exactly are we going to do? >> thanks l.z. and will. cory booker and the truth about bain capital, the subject of our no talking points segment at the bott tonight of the hour. stay tuned. you want to see it. first, we had the super moon. tonight, wait for it. there it is, right there. the super eclipse. man, that's a beautiful picture, isn't it?
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all right. there it is. take a look. it's the solar eclipse. bonnie schneider is tracking it for us. bonnie, how much longer will we be able to see this? >> reporter: we'll be able to see it for at least the next couple of hours. that's the live picture out of san francisco. the other place to track it right now is albuquerque, new mexico, getting great pictures as well this. eclipse is going on into the evening hours, and we're tracking it for you. eel even see it as far east as lubbock, texas, and generally speaking, the weather for visibility in the u.s. has been great to take a look at this eclipse. i'll talk more about this and show you where else you can track it throughout the evening. don? >> so excited. same technology we use to track santa claus. appreciate it, bonnie schneider. tropical storm alberto is hovering off the coast and it
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♪ now to the big stories in the week ahead, from the white house to hollywood, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we're going to begin tonight with the president's plans for the week. >> i'm dan lothian at the white house. in his second summit of the weekend president obama is meeting with world leaders at
the nato gathering and the focus, of course, is afghanistan. wednesday on heads to joplin, missouri, an area devastated by tornadoes almost a year ago. he'll be delivering the commencement address at joplin high school and later in the week he travels west for fund-raisers and another commencement address. >> i'm paul sustain hauser at the cnn political desk. mitt romney speaks before a latino group here in the nation's capital on wednesday. the speech and a new spanningish-language campaign commercial seem to be part of an outreach by the presumptive republican nominee to latino voters who may have been turned off by romney's tough talk an illegal immigration during the battle for the nomination. also this week, primaries on tuesday in arkansas and kentucky. i'm poppy harlow in new york. after all the focus on facebook and its ipo on friday wall street will kind of get back to normal on monday. coming up this week the latest existing and new home sales for the month of april as well as a
look at consumer confidence. and on the earnings front, a lot of big names reporting, quarterly numbers from dell, hp, costco, tiffany's and lowe's. we'll track all of that and keep an eye on all that have on facebook on cnn money. i'm a.j. hammer. "showbiz tonight" is on location. i'm hanging out with wendy williams on the set of her show as she celebrates her 500th episode. catch "showbiz tonight" weeknights 11 p.m. pacific on hln. criticism of president obama's re-election strategy from cory booker. is he eating his words? don't miss tonight's "no talking points."
here's some of the stories making headlines right now. rescue teams in northern italy are searching for survivors after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake early sunday. officials say seven people were killed and dozens injured. 11,000 people have been displaced by the disaster. prime minister mario monti left the nato summit early to return to italy. robin gibb has lost his fight with colon and liver cancer. the 62-year-old singer founded the bee gees with his two brothers, and together they were disco legends with hits like "night fever," "staying alive" and "how deep is your love." those three songs appeared in the soundtrack of "saturday night fever," one of the
best-selling albums of all time. today in chicago it was a scene that we looked at right here that we're hoping not to see around the nato summit, unbelievable. protesters who had been marching peacefully, and police officers closely watching for trouble. suddenly they started fighting. chicago's police superintendent says his cops were in the right, that they were reacting correctly to an assault by protesters. a few demonstrators and police officers were hurt, and more than 40 people were arrested. cnn's ted rowlands was right in the middle of it. >> reporter: a small group of protesters was all that was left after a chaotic day a few blocks away from the nato summit where hundreds of protesters challenged the police line. police in riot gear using their batons were able to push the protesters back, and eventually they dispersed. >> reporter: i'm paul vercammen on the streets of chicago.
what i saw was 2,500 protesters jam near the police at the nato summit. that's when police tried to clear out the intersection. shoving was going on. cattle guards were being picked up. i saw eight people being treated in a makeshift triage unit. they said they had been hit by batons. i also saw a lot of shoving by the protesters, and police had been repeatedly taunted. >> ted woelands and paul vercammen in thick tonight. tomorrow is another day in chicago and the nato summit continues. make sure you stay with cnn. we'll report it for you. and cnn talks to the family of one of the lockerbie bombing victims. no! but, i'm about to change that. ♪ every little baby wants 50% more cash... ♪ phhht! fine, you try. [ strings breaking, wood splintering ]
some of the world's cleanest gas turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. we've been reporting on the protests happening in chicago. they are happening again this evening. we'll get you some video now. these particular protesters are in front of an event that is being hosted by the first lady of the united states, michelle obama. there's a dinner for nato spouses at an art museum, and she is there at the art institute of chicago, and these protesters are outside of that protesting now, and we saw what happened on the streets. these don't appear, obviously, to be as violent as the ones that happened earlier, but we are keeping an eye on it. this just into cnn from our
affiliate wgn in chicago. again, we'll keep an eye on iffor you. it is time now for "no talking points." uh-oh. somebody didn't stick to the talking points this morning. >> i'm not about to sit her and indict private equity. if you look at the totality of bain capital's record, it -- they have done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses, and this to me, i'm very uncomfortable with. >> and seen, with that single comment new york mayor cory booker took the wind right out of the obama re-election strategy which is to hit mitt romney on bain capital, his former private equity company where he claims to be a job creator but the democrats say not so fast, not so fast. he fired more people than he hired just to make money, and the dems have already rolled out this attack ad. >> bain capital walked away with a lot of money that they made off of this plan. we view mitt romney as a job destroyer.
>> oh, wait, there's more. >> it's like a vampire. came in and sucked the life out of us. >> it was like watching an old friend bleed to death. >> vampire, bleed to death, all right. now back to "meet the press," and as we saw with vp joe biden two weeks ago that show is like kryptonite for obama surrogates and mayor booker, of course, did not stop there. real issues, a small campaign about this crap, or it's going to be a big campaign, in my issues, about the issues that the american public cares about. >> this is exactly the kind of thing that we applaud on our "no talking points," segment, a politician who goes off script and says what he really thinks. having said that, he felt he had some explaining to do later on. >> i believe that mitt romney in many ways is not being completely honest with his role and his record, even while a business person and is shaping it to serve his political interests and not necessarily -- not necessarily including all of
his facts in his time there. >> booker, what happened? did you get a phone call after your "meet the press" appearance? you say that and we know you're a brave guy. people love you for your honesty. don't back down from the truth. that's tonight's "no talking points." with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
lockerbie bomber abdelbaset al megrahi. he's the only man convicted in the bombing that took 270 lives, but his time in prison was cut short, infuriating families who lost loved ones in the bombing. alison kosik spoke with one family about their ordeal. >> reporter: don, i sat down with the parents of one of the victims who was on pan am flight 103, and they said the pain of losing their son never goes away. >> thank goodness he's gone. he should have been gone years ago. i'm glad. >> reporter: al megrahi's death brings little relief to barbara and john. their son mark was on pan am flight 103 that was bombed over lockerbie, scotland in 1988. even now, mark's presence is everywhere in their new york home. >> another one of his buddies. >> reporter: mark was 29 years old, worked for goldman sachs in london and was on his way home for the holidays. it was 24 years ago, but it's
every bit as painful today. >> i miss him a lot, good kid. would have been a contributing member of society, so i'm very sad about that, sad for him. we're hurt. he's gone. all the other people, just not -- just think, down in washington and the families, i met one family lost five members of their family, unborn children, so sad. >> reporter: mark's parents have followed every twist and turn of the investigation to bring al megrahi to justice, protesting and demanding more information. they even wrote former president richard nixon seeking his support two years after the bombing. nixon responded with a handwritten letter. >> including governments we subsidize and -- >> and encourage. >> terrorism. >> reporter: years later they continue to keep tabs on the case, baffled by a decision by scottish officials nearly three years ago to release him when he
supposedly had three months to live. insulted by al megrahi's hero's welcome in tripoli, and al megrahi died surrounded by family while mark was killed while traveling far from his loved ones. >> how they could compromise and send that guy home to be with his family. he was part of a murder racket. i mean, what, are you kidding, for killing all those innocent souls on the plane. i was very angry. we all were. >> reporter: mark's parents say they believe there are others out there just as responsible for killing the 270 people on that flight, including 189 americans on that december day in 1988. don? >> thank you, alison. one year ago damage and destruction spanned as far as the eye could see. the entire city of joplin, missouri, including the high school, was in ruins. administrators had to scramble to come up with a place for students to go to class, and cnn's jim spellman visited a rather unusual place that they
chose. we'll have jim's report in just moments here on cnn. meantime in toronto last night, history was made. the first transgendered contestant competed in the miss universe pageant. the 23-year-old forced donald trump and the pageant to end its ban on transgendered contestants. she didn't win, but she feels pretty good about her performance. >> for a couple of seconds i was a little bummed out, but after like a couple of minutes i was just extremely happy. i'm so proud of myself. i made sure i did my best performance so i wouldn't feel guilty with the outcome. people should embrace their individuality and follow their dreams like i did. >> talackova was born a boy named walter. she had gender reassignment surgery four years ago. as we mentioned the one-year anniversary of the destruction in joplin, missouri is today.
the entire city of jop lip, including the high school in ruins, and administrators and everyone had to scramble just to get students out of harm's way. here's cnn's jim spellman. >> when the tornado struck, rachel barryhill and her family took shelter in their bathroom. >> reporter: we shot the door and we were just holding on to each other and our eyes were closed and we were all praying. >> reporter: they weren't hurt but emerged from their house to a scene like this. >> reporter: when did it hit you that your life wasn't going to be the same? >> i think once i found out that the high school was destroyed. >> reporter: joplin high school was reduced to rubble, and classes in the district were cancelled for the remainder of the year. administrators needed to find a temporary facility fast, and they did, at a local shopping mall. in just a few months they took over a vacant end of north park mall and turned it into the temporary joplin high school. the students needed to learn and they also needed to be together. >> it's really important, like we get support from each other
and from our teachers, and it just helps us grow stronger and stronger. >> reporter: walking the has of what most call the mall school, it's easy to forget all that the students have been through. do people talk about it much anymore? >> like not -- no, not like they used to. things will remind us of the tornadoes, like storms. we'll be like oh, my gosh, i'm really scared. >> reporter: to try to keep students safe if another storm hits, the school has installed these tornado shelters. each student is assigned to a shelter. they come with a few flashlights, and even a simple bathroom behind this tarp. they run regular drills to be sure that every student can be out of the school and into their shelter in a matter of minutes. >> reporter: he spent the first days after the storm searching on rescue teams seeing things that teenagers shouldn't see. >> it was hard, went a long time not being able to sleep and i got up to take medicine to force myself to sleep. for a long time i had
nightmares. >> reporter: counsellors help students like him but being together with their friends has made a difference. >> you talk about it each other's stories and you know you're not alone. >> reporter: mall school will remain in place for two more years as a permanent school is built on the site of the old joplin high school. >> there must have been times when it was really difficult just to get through the next day. >> yeah. it was definitely stressful, and it's so much harder than like -- than like how my life was. it's changed a lot, and it's still different, but i know it's going to be better, so -- so -- >> reporter: jim spellman, cnn, joplin, missouri. hers is the face of torture and survival, and the mere sight of it is hard to bear. nevertheless the mutilated face of afghan teen, her name is aesha was on the cover of "time" magazine in 2010. her nose and ears cut off by her husband and other taliban members but since her rescue her
fairy tale ending has remained elusive. cnn's jessica ravithch has the exclusive story >> i think all the time why this thing happened to me and why they cut my ear and nose. if i had my nose, i could have my life now. >> reporter: this is 19-year-old b.b. it was her husband who cut off her nose and ears. born in a village in southern afghanistan, aesha was forced into marriage at a young age. she was given as payback for a crime committed by someone else in her family. after years of abuse from her in-laws aesha ran away but was caught. she spent months in prison. her father-in-law retrieved her, and with her taliban husband and others brutally cut off her nose and ears. she appeared on the cover of
"time" and was brought to the u.s. for reconstructive surgery. but she was deemed too emotionally fragile to undergo the procedures. almost two years later she has settled with an afghan family who wants to give her the life she never had and the tools to become independent. >> say it in english. can say it better in english. >> she wants to be a police officer. that's what she wants to be. >> she loves justice and she thinks she's found it in police officers and soldiers. >> i love police officer. >> reporter: aesha had arrived in america more traumatized than anyone had anticipated. >> somebody wants to kill me or
somebody following me. every second night she has this kind of dreams. >> reporter: for more than a year a strong support system of women surrounded her, but still aesha struggled to find a sense of belonging. in late 2011 she asked to move in with the family who cares for her now. but progress is slow, and aesha's past is not easily overcome. >> what are we practiceing? i'm practicing -- practicing, practicing english. she is interested to learn the language. she is doing her homework and she guessing to the english class. which do you like? miss or ms.? you like miss, okay, so we can
choose. trying to speak english. practicing 70. >> 70. >> okay. let's count. >> he treated her like our own. she's part of this family. >> she sees how the people have the relationship with each other, the respect. >> reporter: family hopes aesha will soon get the surgery to rebuild her knows and ears. if she does, it will be a grueling and complicated process that could take up to two years to finish. aesha and the whole family have a long road ahead of them. >> i hope that they give me a very nice nose. >> you can read more of aesha's
story on cnn.com/savingaesha. now back to our breaking news here on cnn. we're covering the protests in chicago. live pictures there. you see this is outside of the art institute in chicago. this is an event that's being hosted by the first lady of the united states, and there were several protests earlier today that got violent, and this one apparently has not yet, but we'll check in with the reporter on the scene coming up in moments. [ male announcer ] began with the rx. [ tires squeal ] then we turned the page, creating the rx hybrid. ♪ now we've turned the page again with the all-new rx f sport. ♪ this is the next chapter for the rx and the next chapter for lexus. see your lexus dealer.
and people. and the planes can seem the same so, it comes down to the people. because, bad weather the price of oil those are every airlines reality. and solutions won't come from 500 tons of metal and a paint job. they'll come from people. delta people. who made us one of the biggest airlines in the world. and then decided that wasn't enough. all right, live pictures now from chicago, courtesy of our affiliate wgn, and obviously this camera man does not realize he is on the air right now.
but anyway, the protests, can we just come back to me on camera? this is probably dizzying our viewers right now. thank you. the protests have been happening all over chicago, specifically early in the south loop where they got really violent. that's the pictures that you're looking at, and we saw police officers pummeling some of the protesters there in chicago, and we saw some of the protesters haunting police officers. this was three blocks away from the nato summit that's happening there with the president and leaders from around the world. this evening, take a look at this, let's show this video from earlier. this is the video of an officer's pummeling some of the protesters there earlier. a new report this evening from
wgn report er gaynor hall filed moments ago. >> reporter: several groups of protesters have confirmed because this is where first lady michelle obama was hosting a dinner for the first spouses of nato officials, and it's been a spirited crowd gathering here just a few moments ago, and they were jumping up and down dancing in the streets, dancing in the rain. they weren't deterred by a downpour, a brief downpour that we had just as they weren't deterred earlier today by the group that descended on chicago. so they are chanting and holding up their hands. in the middle of michigan avenue forming a human peace sign trining to send their message to the people who are inside, but
so far this leg of the protest as far as we've seen has been very peaceful. it was much like what we saw yesterday where groups broke off from the larger protest earlier in the afternoon and then they just started to march. they took to the streets once again making their way around downtown chicago and gathering here. so that is the very latest. i'll send it back to you. >> hard to hear that reporter but that was gaynor hall from wgn with all of the yelling and screaming there and the protests continuing into the night in chicago. it is just before 10:00 there, and it's going to continue on as we just want to check could-to-see what else is happening in the pictures. let's move on and talk about another story, musicians dream of having a career like robin gibb. he and his brothers owned a
decade as the bee gees. they gave the '70s a soundtrack and became icons. cnn's becky anderson looks back at robin gibb's legacy. >> reporter: with record sales of over 200 million, including 60 hit singles and 9 grammys, the bee gees remain one of the most successful pop bands in history. along with elder brother barry and his twin brother maurice, robin gibb first had chart success in australia before they came here to america and reached much bigger audiences. ♪ the band made a change in direction in the 1970s, fashion for dance music exploded. the bee gees music provided the soundtrack for what was then the biggest movie in history, "saturday night fever." the film made worldwide superstars of actor john travolta and the bee gees themselves. ♪ it provided iconic tracks
including "staying alive," night fever," "more than a woman" and "you should be dancing." >> the bee gees really became the biggest group in the world at that point. unfortunately, you know, they paid a price for that. you know, they got tagged as a disco group, and suddenly, you know, once that wave had receded, you know, the white suits and the puffed up hair and the funny stage moves didn't -- weren't so entertaining for people. >> reporter: although their popularity faded in the decades that followed, their songs were covered by artists as diverse as elvis presley and aretha franklin, while their musical contributions were recognized by the rock 'n' roll hall of fame, alongside pop bands such as ana. >> why they listen to our songs on the radio is because of our melodies, harmonies and human emotions which never go out of
fashion. >> reporter: the band was brought to an end due to the death of his brother mar's from cancer in 2003. >> the only songs that melodies last, all the mozart works have lasted, the songs of melodies. if he were alive today he'd be writing popular songs. it's not about how complicated music is. it's about how simple and relative to the human spirit it is. >> reporter: while they had its prestigious premier in central london, robin gibb was in a nearby hospital being treated for pneumonia following a long battle with cancer. a few days later he slipped into a coma while family and friends gathered to maintain a bedside vigil. becky anderson, cnn, london. >> robin gibb, 62 years old. man, i love the bee gees, love the bee gees and disco and all of that. so listen, tell us about this eclipse. you have been tracking it. what can we see now?
>> we can still see it depending on where you are, and really the weather in the u.s., with the exception of the west coast has been able to see the ring of fire, this is from our affiliate kgo in san francisco. generally speaking the weather has been favorable to watch this eclipse event. let's take a look at the eclipse event. what happens when the earth passes between the earth and the sun and saw some great viewing over in asia. though japan had not so great weather. we can still pick up some glimpses of this towards texas, and really once you start getting into new mexico and texas, that's where the skies were brilliant and clear so i think that's where we're getting some of our great pictures. >> that picture is really cool. that's from san francisco. >> yeah, san francisco and had some nice weather. other parts of california not so great what. an opportunity to see something like that. >> all right. thank you. more, next.
not so fast, bonnie schneider. we need you to talk about this tropical storm. the first named storm of the season. >> yeah, for the atlantic, and it's so interesting. we had two named stores for the atlantic and the pacific before both seasons started, and very our area here in the atlantic, we're taking a closer look at alberto, it's interesting to note that this storm has changed the structure so much in the past 24 hours. right now the movement is to the south, but the storm is really going over some much cooler water. that's why the winds are dying down, barely a tropical storm at 40-mile-per-hour winds, so i think that the track will continue to take this storm further off to sea, so it kind of alerted us, even though it didn't do any damage or caused too much trouble, definitely brought us to the attention, don, that hurricane sea